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30 House Plants to Make Your Home Brighter

Having house plants in your home is an easy way for room look and fresher feeling. There are so many types of indoor plants to choose from, prefer to find the green friend which brighten up your living space. From colorful flowers to cacti, these thirty houseplants are great for kids and grown well.

Discover the plants which have low maintenance like air plants that don’t need soil. You can also opt for unique juicy with cool shapes and colors. These plants can help clean the air inside your home. So ready to give up your home decor with some charming, and kid-friendly houseplants.

Whether you’re an indoor gardening pro or just getting started, this guide has all the tips you need. Learn how much sunlight and water each plant needs. Find out which plants are safe for pets. Bringing nature indoors has never been easier!

1. African Violets:

African Violets plants
African Violets flowers

African violets are pretty flowers that come in purple, pink, white, blue, and red colors. They need bright light for 10 to 14 hours every day, but not direct sunlight. Pinch off old flowers to get new ones. Keep them at a temperature between 65°F and 75°F (18°C to 24°C).

2. Air Plant:

air plant photo
Air plants

Air plants are tropical plants that can grow on trees, rocks, or other plants. They don’t need soil! You can hang them in containers or glass vases. Use glue, string, or wire to attach them to surfaces. Remember to water your air plant.

3. Aloe Vera Plant:

Aloe Vera Plant photo
Aloe Vera Plant

Aloe vera has thick, fleshy leaves that point out in all directions. It has a clear gel inside that can help heal cuts and burns. When aloe vera is 4 years old, it may grow a tall flowering stem in spring. Plant it in a heavy clay pot so it doesn’t fall over.

4. Amaryllis:

Amaryllis Bulb
Amaryllis Bulb

Amaryllis is a popular bulb that blooms indoors in winter. Its big flowers sit on a tall stem and come in different colors. Plant the bulb in November for holiday flowers. Use a heavy pot, as amaryllis can get top-heavy.

5. Blue Chalk Sticks:

Blue Chalk Sticks
Blue Chalk Sticks

Blue chalk sticks have silvery blue, pencil-like leaves that curve upward. They can grow up to 18 inches (46 cm) tall and 24 inches (61 cm) wide. Pinch off new growth to make the plant fuller. In summer, it may grow small white flowers.

6. Burro’s Tail Cactus:

Burro's Tail Cactus
Burro’s Tail Cactus

This cactus has long, draping stems with thick, overlapping leaves that look like a braided donkey’s tail. It looks great in a hanging basket near a window. Keep it between 65°F and 75°F (18°C to 24°C) and away from cool drafts.

7. Chili Pepper Plants:

Chili pepper plants are decorative and give you fresh peppers to eat! They come in different colors like red, orange, yellow, purple, black, and white. Keep them between 70°F and 80°F (21°C to 26°C) during the day and 55°F to 65°F (13°C to 18°C) at night.

8. Cushion Moss:

Cushion moss loves shade and moisture, just like a forest floor. It’s soft and velvety, making it perfect for terrariums. Add rocks, charcoal, soil, and moss to a glass container for a mini indoor garden.

9. The Desert Rose:

The desert rose has a swollen, woody stem with flowers on top. It stores water in its trunk and doesn’t need much water. It can be grown as a small bonsai tree. Keep it above 65°F (18°C), as it likes a warm climate.

10. Fairy Castle Cactus:

This cactus has green spires that look like castle turrets. It’s a slow-growing, sun-loving plant that’s easy to care for. Sometimes a colorful flower is glued on top when you buy it, but you can remove it if you want.

11. False Shamrock:

The false shamrock has three triangular leaves and small white or pink flowers in spring and summer. It grows from a bulb and may go dormant a few times a year if it gets too hot. Keep it between 60°F and 70°F (16°C to 21°C).

12. Firestick Cactus:

The firestick cactus has bright red, orange, and yellow tips on its stems. The colors get more intense in lots of sunlight. Be careful handling it, as its milky sap can irritate your skin.

13. Foxtail Fern:

The foxtail fern isn’t actually a fern! It’s a lily with tiny needlelike leaves that look like fluffy foxtails. It can grow up to 2 feet (61 cm) tall and wide. In late spring, it grows small white flowers and red berries.

14. Grape Hyacinth:

Grape hyacinths are bulbs that can bloom indoors in winter to brighten up your home. Plant the bulbs in fall, then put them in a cool, dark place for 10 weeks. When they start growing, move them to a warmer spot with sunlight.

15. Hen and Chicks:

Hen and chicks is a succulent with a “mother” plant (hen) and baby plants (chicks) around it. They come in many colors and shapes. When the mother plant flowers and dies, remove it to let the chicks grow.

16. Jade Plant:

The jade plant is a tree-like succulent that’s also called a friendship tree or money tree. Its flat, coin-shaped leaves are said to bring wealth and luck. Let the soil dry out between waterings.

17. Jasmine:

Jasmine has sweet-smelling white flowers in spring and summer that get more fragrant at night. It can grow as a climbing vine or bush. Prune it in spring to make it fuller.

18. Lemon Button Fern:

This small fern has round, yellow-green leaves that smell like lemon. It’s perfect for terrariums and likes humid environments up to 75°F (24°C).

19. Lily of the Valley:

Lily of the valley has tiny white flowers on arching stems with a sweet scent. Buy the rootstock (pips) in fall, chill them for 12-15 weeks, then plant and water them for indoor blooms.

20. Lucky Bamboo:

Lucky bamboo is said to bring good luck and happiness. It can grow in water or soil. Change the water every 2 weeks if growing in water, and use a tall container to support the stalks.

21. Maidenhair Fern:

The maidenhair fern is a delicate, lacy fern that likes humidity and indirect light, like a forest floor. It grows 12 to 24 inches (30.5 to 61 cm) tall and prefers temperatures above 70°F (21°C).

22. Moon Cactus:

The moon cactus has a colorful red, pink, orange, or yellow ball on top of a green stem. The colorful part can’t survive alone, so it’s grafted onto the green part.

23. Paperwhites:

Paperwhites are bulbs that bloom indoors in winter with clusters of delicate white flowers on tall stems. You can tie the stems together with ribbon for a pretty display.

24. Ponytail Palm:

The ponytail palm has long, silky leaves that curve down like a ponytail. It stores water in its bulbous trunk, so it doesn’t need much water. Keep it in a small pot to control its size.

25. Prickly Pear:

The prickly pear cactus has tear-drop shaped pads with sharp spines. It grows colorful flowers and edible fruit. Remove damaged or overlapping pads to keep it healthy.

26. Silver Vase Plant:

After a couple years, the silver vase plant grows a big pink flower. Its silvery gray leaves form a vase shape that needs to be filled with water.

27. Snake Plant:

The snake plant has stiff, pointed leaves with gold, silver, or gray edges. It’s easy to grow indoors and helps clean the air by absorbing toxins.

28. String of Pearls Plant:

This succulent has long stems with bead-like leaves that look like a beaded necklace. It looks great in a hanging pot, but keep it away from pets as the leaves are toxic if eaten.

29. Tulip:

To grow tulips indoors, chill the bulbs for 12-15 weeks in fall, then plant them and keep them in a cool, dark place until they start growing. Move them to a warmer spot with bright, indirect light to bloom.

30. Zebra Cactus:

The zebra cactus is a small plant with long, pointy leaves that stick out like an aloe. It has bumpy white lines that look like zebra stripes. It usually grows no taller than 6 inches (15 cm).

Check out this guide on how to set up a tech-free zone in your home.

References for more details

1. The Gardeners
2. Chronicle Books

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